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Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping Attends 2nd Meeting of China-Central Asia Mechanism for Regular Communication of Academic Institutions

2015/12/04

On December 3, 2015, the 2nd Meeting of China-Central Asia Mechanism for Regular Communication of Academic Institutions was held in Beijing, which was cosponsored by the Committee of Good-neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) affiliated to the Foreign Ministry and the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations. About 40 experts and scholars from key academic institutions of China and Central Asian countries were present. Vice Foreign Minister and Vice Chair of the Committee of Good-neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation of the SCO Cheng Guoping attended and addressed the meeting.

Cheng Guoping welcomed active participation of experts and scholars from home and abroad in the meeting, saying that dialogues and cooperation between think tanks help the academia, society and government departments to broaden perspectives and pool ideas. It is hoped that academic institutions from different countries will boost communication and cooperation, and contribute their wisdom and strengths to long-lasting and healthy development of China-Central Asia relations.

Cheng Guoping spoke highly of development of strategic partnership between China and the Central Asian countries and fruits of bilateral practical cooperation. He emphasized that the two sides are good neighbors with equality, mutual trust and mutual assistance in politics, good partners with mutual dependence, mutual benefits and win-win results in economy, good brothers sharing weal and woe in security and good partners enjoying inclusiveness, mutual learning, affinity and mutual understanding in culture. He said that in the past two-odd years since President Xi Jinping visited Central Asia and proposed the initiative of jointly building the "Silk Road Economic Belt", China and the Central African countries made active discussion, planning and coordination, and some cooperative projects have been implemented. In order to achieve a better, faster and more down-to-earth development in bilateral cooperation, he suggested that the two sides should look into the future, conduct in-depth docking of development strategies and support practical cooperation with top designs; make down-to-earth efforts to steadily promote connectivity of railways, roads, airlines, telecommunications, power grids, energy pipelines and other fields; beef up infrastructure construction in border ports and facilitate trade and investment; increase capital financing to conduct regional cooperation of wider range, higher level and greater depth; jointly build a security barrier in a steady manner and effectively intensify dialogues and cooperation in the area of security; increase people-to-people and cultural exchanges and further consolidate public support for bilateral good-neighborly friendship to link the hearts of the two sides.

Director-General of the Department of European-Central Asian Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Gui Congyou delivered a keynote speech. Chinese experts and scholars from China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Central Asia research centers of relevant universities across China, and Central Asian ones from institutes for strategic studies under the presidents, institutes of national strategies, analysis centers for international cooperation and security coordination, universities and colleges, situation analysis and assessment agencies and other institutions expressed their opinions. They comprehensively discussed political, economic and security situations in the region, made an in-depth analysis of the status quo of bilateral relations and prospects for cooperation, and focused on actively offering advice and suggestions for dovetailing construction of the "Silk Road Economic Belt" with development strategies of Central Asian countries, contributing beneficial intellectual support to stability and common development in the region.

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